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P.R. Trade allies with students to boost int’l commerce

P.R. Trade Executive Director Francisco Chévere and AIESEC members talk following the signing of the agreement Thursday. P.R. Trade Executive Director Francisco Chévere and AIESEC members talk following the signing of the agreement Thursday.

Puerto Rico Trade and Exports and student organization AIESEC have signed a cooperation agreement to develop the incursion of Puerto Rican companies in international markets.

The alliance will also provide office space to the members of the AIESEC’s national committee at the agency’s headquarters to begin shaping the next edition of the Expo Partners program, P.R. Trade Executive Director Francisco Chévere said Thursday.

“The Expo Partners program seeks to give Puerto Rican companies access to young international talent that is trained to assist in the development and implementation of an export plan through a six-month internship program in those business,” Chévere explained.

“Given their status as small and mid-sized companies, they often lack human resources with the expertise required to research and develop an exports plan,” he said. “That, in turn, limits their growth and possibilities for success.”

Expo Partners provides companies the human resource they need to identify new markets abroad and establish a more precise and real vision of the opportunities they have to export their products and services.

In that sense, AIESEC will choose students from its members across the globe according to the company’s needs. P.R. Trade will evaluate them, but more specifically, the participating companies to make sure they have the potential to export and the financial capacity to assume the risks related to exporting activities.

AIESEC is an international nonprofit organization that provides students with leadership training and internship opportunities at for-profit and nonprofit organizations. As of January 2014, the AIESEC network included more than 90,000 members in 124 countries and territories. It is the largest student-run organization in the world.

Through the agreement with P.R. Trade, the organization will have a presence at the agency’s headquarters, to be able to interact directly with interested companies.

“This initiative will allow local businesses to have a clearer vision and tangible opportunities to export their products and services, thereby optimizing their opportunities in international markets,” Chévere said.

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